DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today acquired center Sam Gagner, a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for center Andreas Athanasiou and left wing Ryan Kuffner.
Gagner, 30, has skated in 36 games for Edmonton this season, recording 12 points (5-7-12) and 10 penalty minutes in 13:04 average time on ice. In all, Gagner has played in 838 NHL games over the course of 13 professional seasons for the Oilers, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks, totaling 163 goals, 295 assists and 378 penalty minutes, in addition to skating in 11 playoff games for Columbus and Philadelphia and recording four assists. Gagner started the 2019-20 season with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League, recording four points (2-2-4) before being recalled to the Oilers. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound forward has skated in 56 career AHL games and tallied 47 points (15-32-47) for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Toronto Marlies and Condors. Additionally, Gagner played a portion of the 2012-13 season with Klagenfurt AC in Austria and posted 20 points (10-10-20) in 21 games.
Originally drafted in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by Edmonton, Gagner skated for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League during the 2005-06 season and recorded 46 points (11-35-46) in 56 games, which was second in team scoring. A native of London, Ontario, Gagner stayed local and played his final year of junior hockey with the London Knights, posting 118 points (35-83-118) in 53 games, fifth in league scoring. Internationally, Gagner won gold medals representing Team Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship and the 2012 Spengler Cup, along with a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.
The Red Wings have a combined 19 selections over the next two NHL Entry Drafts. In the upcoming 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Red Wings own their own pick in every round except the fourth, in addition to Edmonton's second-round pick, Washington's second-round pick and San Jose's third-round pick. In 2021, Detroit has all seven of its original selections, a second-round pick from Edmonton and a third-round pick from Vegas. Additionally, the Red Wings acquired a conditional pick from Edmonton which will fall in either the fourth round of the 2020 Draft or the third round of the 2021 Draft.
Sam Gagner, Center
Born Aug 10 1989 -- London, ONT
Height 5.11 -- Weight 200 -- Shoots R
Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 1 #6 overall 2007 NHL Entry Draft